Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “White Freightliner Blues” by Molly Tuttle:

I stumbled onto a clip of Molly Tuttle singing and playing a few weeks ago. The only thing I really know about her is that she’s one heck of a guitarist.

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Song of the Week: “Superheroes” by 9th Creation

by Douglas Cowie on 17 May 2019

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Superheroes” by 9th Creation:

I heard this 1979 funk party on The Huey Show on BBC 6 Music last Saturday. I’d never heard it before and I don’t really know anything about 9th Creation, but I’m impressed to discover this fact. Anyway, this song doesn’t break any particular new ground or even fly in from a new planet, but on the other hand, it is a lot of fun.

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Song of the Week: “Which Wave?” by Sun Studies

by Douglas Cowie on 10 May 2019

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Which Wave?” by Sun Studies:

I’ve loved Reid Johnson’s songwriting and voice since I first encountered his band Schooner several years ago. I wrote a review of the first Schooner album, Hold on Too Tight, for The PhiLLer and reviewed a couple of other releases both there and on this site (search Schooner on the bottom right and you’ll find those reviews). Anyway, I’ve been looking forward to the release of this more stripped-back project for a while now, and here it is. Listen to that voice, both rich and fragile, an echo of Roy Orbison. Go to Bandcamp to buy the album and listen to seven beautiful songs.

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Song of the Week: “On the Ball, City”

by Douglas Cowie on 3 May 2019

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “On the Ball, City”:

Never mind the danger.

Last weekend Norwich City Football Club secured promotion to the Premier League. This weekend they’ll try to win the English Football League Championship with a win or draw against Aston Villa. “On the Ball, City” is the song Norwich City fans sing in the stands, in abbreviated form and at a much faster pace than this 1959 version, sung by I don’t know whom. Allegedly it’s the oldest football song still in use. Earlier this year my friend Ryan and I taught our friend Bill the words to this song, on our way from my friend Margot’s house to Carrow Road for what turned out to be a 2-2 draw against Sheffield United, the other team that could still win the league title this Saturday.

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